GEV’s pioneering approach to mitigating days lost through adverse weather was a winner at the Energy Innovation Awards, which took place at the end of April. The company scooped the award for Best Offshore Renewables’ Innovation. Judged by a panel of industry experts, the awards ceremony is a celebration of technologies and projects that inspire innovation across the energy sector.
Launched in November 2014, GEV Wind Power’s Habitat represents a major milestone in the maintenance of remote wind turbines because it enables an engineer to conduct essential blade repair works in a weather-protected environment.
The Habitat is expected to save the industry between three and five lost days in each maintenance season, potentially returning a minimum of 1-2% increase in annual energy production. It is also anticipated to benefit the industry with longer working days and the opportunity for an extended maintenance season due to the introduction of artificial lighting gantries.
GEV Wind Power has already conducted a number of successful on blade trials and is in discussion with major OEMs about the benefits of the Habitat, with the aim to launch it as an integral element of next generation turbines.
Accepting the award, projects director Alastair Gadney comments: “We are delighted to win Best Offshore Renewables Innovation for our Habitat, which represents a cost-saving solution for both field owners and operators in the wind energy sector. We are exhibiting at the Renewable Global Offshore Wind show at Excel, London in June where we hope to showcase a full-sized model.”
GEV Wind Power
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